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Hi,
i'm a noob computer builder, planning to do a fist time build while using some older parts.

I was just wondering if i were to use a old Seagate (300G) hard drive that has an OS alredy on, on a XFX 680i LT motherboard or any motherboard at all, should there be anything i should do when installing, or anything in the bios, or will it just load up the OS right away?
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Depends on the OS you're using, but nowadays since all hardware is plug n play your OS should automatically detect the changes and install the necessary drivers. You shouldn't have any problems with XP or even current versions of Linux. Just set your bios to auto-detect the hard drive and you should be up and running.
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ok thanx for the info
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That info is incorrect.

Assuming you have Windows XP (as your profile states), if it was an OEM version (it came with the computer, or you bought an OEM copy), it is legally bound to the motherboard it was originally installed on and you will need to buy a new copy for use with a new motherboard.

If it was a retail copy, you can legally transfer it to another computer, but you will still need to run a repair install first in order for the operating system to work.
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Sorry about the incorrect Windows info. I recently swapped motherboards out on my Xubuntu 7.04 machine and it booted without any problems. I seem to remember doing the same with windows a few years ago (might have been win98), but then again I've never bought a pre-installed copy of windows, it's always been the retail version.
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